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Christopher George Nevatt

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Major Christopher George Nevatt (c1878-1955)

1955 Obituary [1]

Major Christopher George Nevatt, O.B.E., who died on 3rd April, 1955, in his seventy-eighth year of age, was Past-President (1932-33) of the Institution of Automobile Engineers. He had previously served as a Member of Council from 1927.

His education was obtained at Liverpool University, and later he was engaged as an apprentice with the Victory Machine Company, Liverpool, and as an experimentalist, under Dr. Hele-Shaw, at Liverpool University. Subsequently he was employed with Blaxton Engineering Company, London, and Coulthard and Company, Preston, and in the following six years served as a marine engineer from fourth to chief engineer. He was the holder of a B.O.T. certificate.

In 1906 he commenced in business on his own account as the Dee Motor Company, Chester, until 1915 when he served in the 1914-18 war with commissioned rank in the Royal Flying Corps, and finally in Command of Base Repair Shops, Royal Air Force, Mechanical Transport, with rank of Lieut.-Colonel.

After leaving the Services he held, for about sixteen years, the post of chief mechanical engineer to Bristol Tramways and Carriage Company, Ltd., and then started his own business, Nevatt Axial Engines, Ltd., Bristol, in 1936. He was the designer of a 'Bristol' engine and produced several patents.

Major Nevatt was elected a Member of the Institution in 1930, and was also a Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers and the Institution of Production Engineers. He was the author of two papers read before the Institution of Automobile Engineers.

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